from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed to permit customers to remain in their motor vehicles while being accommodated: a drive-up window at the bank.


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  • Pulling out of the drive-up, Ali handed him a bag with a burger, fries, and a soda.

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  • She stopped at the drive-up window and filled her purse with a collection of three-ounce bottles of tequila—a little hair of the dog.

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  • As I sat in line at the drive-up window, it came to me so suddenly and so simply that I wondered how I had missed it.

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  • After a masked-man with a gun first carjacked a white 1993 Jeep Cherokee on Aurora's northeast side at about 5: 19pm on Thursday, he then proceeded to the drive-up window at Harris Bank at 2853 Kirk Road (Farnsworth), demanding cash and pointing a gun at the teller.

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  • The post office drive-up boxes were moved to Broadway.

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  • We have since added quick stops, instant grits/oatmeal, instant tax returns, drive-up windows for everything, instant messaging, quick car washes, quick as a wink laundry, and even speed dating to the list of hurry-up features in our daily lives.

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  • Yesterday I was in the drive-up line at Portillos when some moron with a Jesus is King bumper sticker practically ran over one of the order takers twice.

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  • If you're a Bank of America customer with an e-banking account and make just one deposit a month through a teller, drive-up window or night deposit box, an $8.95 fee will kick in.

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  • At the Newcastle Train Station Thanksgiving morning Theodore Bricklin Lyons steps down into the bright sun, sees a row of twelve-hour parking meters, a gas station, a bent Lions Club sign, the drive-up window of the First Newcastle Bank, a particular tree, all of it fraught with sad memories: Marianne Oplennoff for one, Dad in his business suit for another, the daily commute.


  • Opponents of health reform argue that progressive proposals would require everyone to purchase Cadillac health insurance plans and drive-up the costs of insurance.

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